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Look, I know what you may be thinking as you hardcore roll your eyes—"Poor Brad Pitt, what with his good looks, charm, millions of dollars, and beautiful family. What in the fresh hell he could possibly have to be down about?"
I don't blame you....then again, I sorta do. To assume that because someone has amassed material wealth and checked off the society driven boxes of fame, beauty, and love has absolutely zero bearing on their mental stability. Does it help? Sure, but it's not the end all be all to a happy life.
You have to understand that no matter what position a person holds in this life it doesn't make them bullet-proof. Black, white, blue, rich, poor, male, female—it doesn't matter, substance abuse is blind. It seeks nothing but to conquer and destroy, couple that with a man who admittedly suppresses emotion and you've got yourself a toxic combination.
THIS is the very reason why I give Brad Pitt credit for standing up and owning his shit. It takes a big person to do that, whether you care to acknowledge that fact or not.
Was It Hard To Stop Smoking Pot
"No. Back in my stoner days, I wanted to smoke a joint with Jack and Snoop and Willie. You know, when you're a stoner, you get these really stupid ideas. Well, I don't want to indict the others, but I haven't made it to Willie yet."
I'm sure he's out there on a bus somewhere waiting for you. How about alcohol—you don't miss it?
"I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good."
How do you make sense of the past six months and keep going?
"Family first. People on their deathbeds don't talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets—that seems to be the menu. I say that as someone who's let the work take me away. Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I'm not hearing. I want to be better at that."
When you begin making a family, I think you hope to create another family that is some ideal mix of the best of what you had and what you feel you didn't have—
"I try to put these things in front of them, hoping they'll absorb it and that it will mean something to them later. Even in this place, they won't give a shit about that little bust over there or that light. They won't give a shit about that inlay, but somewhere down the road it will mean something—I hope that it will soak in.
It's a different world, too. We know more, we're more focused on psychology. I come from a place where, you know, it's strength if we get a bruise or cut or ailment we don't discuss it, we just deal with it. We just go on. The downside of that is it's the same with our emotion. I'm personally very retarded when it comes to taking inventory of my emotions. I'm much better at covering up. I grew up with a Father-knows-best/war mentality—the father is all-powerful, super strong—instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles. And it's hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven't been great at it."
You can read the full interview HERE